BIography

 

Turkuaz is a 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern take on the classic funk sound has established them as leaders in the funk revolution that’s currently taking place in the genre. Blending elements of Pop, R&B, and Soul with their distinct aggressive funk core, Turkuaz sounds like the musical love child of Sly & the Family Stone and Talking Heads.

 

With the release of their new album Digitonium, Turkuaz’s sound is more accessible than ever and poised to break out to a more mainstream audience. With a playful feel that evokes the best of 80s dance music, Turkuaz’s tightly arranged songs are built on thick grooves, driven by powerhouse rhythm and horn sections, as well as four distinct vocalists.

 

The group’s constant coast-to-coast touring since 2012 has earned them a passionate and dedicated national fan base that’s consistently growing. A dance band at their roots, Turkuaz’s live shows are high-energy, floor-shaking, visually appealing events filled with colorful clothing and choreographed dance moves that always leave attendees wanting more.

 

Turkuaz’s crossover appeal has never been more evident-- from a recent video performance going viral and receiving over 2 million Facebook views, to their music providing the soundtrack to New York Knicks games at Madison Square Garden, to constant rotation on Sirius XM Radio, Turkuaz is, as Relix Magazine says, “on the verge.”

 

"This Brooklyn-based nine-piece delivers horn-filled funk incorporating elements of R. & B., psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock, and just about any genre that gets people dancing."
- The New Yorker
 
"Turkuaz's rapid ascension to relevance can be aptly compared to how fast and focused they play onstage." 
- Relix Magazine
 
"Turkuaz will raise the roof on any given night." 
- Live For Live Music            

 
"Brooklyn-based funk-soul act Turkuaz have been making quite a name for themselves thanks to bombastic live performances across the country" 
- Jambase.com
 
"This Brooklyn-based funk army is a live music tour de force." 
- Relix Magazine
 

 

Guitar, Vocals / Dave Brandwein
Bass / Taylor Shell
Guitar, Keyboards / Craig Brodhead
Drums / Michelangelo Carubba
Trumpet, Keyboards / Chris Brouwers
Tenor Sax / Greg Sanderson
Bari Sax, Vocals / Josh Schwartz
Vocals, Percussion / Sammi Garett
Vocals / Shira Elias
 

 

 
 
 

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